Severe Weather Awareness Week 2024

April 8, 2024

This post was originally published on April 17, 2023, and updated on April 8, 2024.


Severe Weather Awareness Week is all about refreshing your knowledge and safety planning about alerts and warning systems, lighting and hail, floods, tornadoes, and extreme heat. When preparing for any severe weather event, it’s important to have a plan and knowledge of what protections exist in your community. 

Stay up-to-date

Most people look to their device’s weather app to see the latest in the forecast. Do know, though, there are many other ways to receive severe weather notifications on your phone or computer.  

The University will communicate weather-related closures and emergencies through email, SAFE-U Alerts, and a posting to the University website. Review or update your SAFE-U Alerts contact information in MyU

Know what to do 

When a weather alert is issued, do you know what it means? Should you shelter in place or continue about your day? It’s important to know the terms and what they mean to quickly get to safety.  

Weather Warning

  • A dangerous weather event is occurring or indicated by weather radar
  • Likely a significant threat to life or property
  • Take proactive action immediately 

Weather Watch

  • Weather conditions are favorable for a hazardous weather event
  • Stay alert to changing conditions
  • Be aware of possible shelter or evacuation routes

Weather Advisory

  • Less hazardous weather conditions or less specific locations
  • Weather may still pose significant safety risks or travel problems
  • Situations are possible that could threaten life or property


Learn more about how the University prepares for severe weather events.

Closing thoughts

Remember that the weather is unpredictable. Do what you can to best prepare. View additional severe weather safety tips and connect with DEM about the University’s response to severe weather.

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